Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Catching Fire Review

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before... and surprising readers at every turn.

This 2nd novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, was just as epic and amazing as the 1rst book, though it is a little slower. I had to start reading Catching Fire as soon as I finished the other one, because it was so good and I couldn't get enough of Katniss and Peeta. I used to be Team Gale but I've slowly started to lean more toward Team Peeta :) 

I kind of liked the slower pace after reading the Hunger Games, before it speeds up at the end. Gives you a bit of a breather after so much excitement. I was SSSOOOO furious when they had the winning tributes thrown back into the arena!!! But at the same time, it gave the story a great angel. I was so, so glad when Katniss got rescued, it was such a relief, but then Peeta goes missing, being kidnapped by the Capitol, and the nice feeling of relief quickly disappeared.

I came to like Finnick and Haymitch somewhat, I hated Haymitch since book 1, then slowly began to warm up to him. With Finnick, I didn't really care for his "I'm so good with the ladies" attitude, but after helping Katniss and Peeta stay alive in the arena, he's not so bad. And then there's Gale and Cinna, O.M.G.!!!! The abuse and torture they go through made me wanna cry! Actually, there is quite a bit more violence in this 2nd book. There was a lot with the 1rst book, since they were in the arena and everything, but just in normal, everyday life, there's more beatings, whippings, etc that go on. 

I was so glad when the people in the districts started to rebel, although I didn't think they would. Seems like people would generally rather cower down, than to stand up and fight for their rights. Suzane Collins has done such an amazing job with this trilogy, I have no doubt the 3rd and final book is just as amazingly epic as the first two.

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